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Wind Power News: Alaska


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

November 15, 2016 • AlaskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind-farm developer asks court to overturn state agency’s approval of ‘illegal’ GVEA tariff

Delta Wind Farm President and CEO Mike Craft is taking the Regulatory Commission of Alaska to court. Craft is asking a judge to overturn the commission’s approval of a Golden Valley Electric Association tariff filed last summer. He claims the tariff violates new state regulations intended to help renewable-energy projects like his access the grid. In a brief filed earlier this month in Anchorage Superior Court, Mike Craft says the Regulatory Commission of Alaska’s approval of a tariff filed last . . . Complete story »

A state-by-state look at renewable energy requirements

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have requirements that utilities get a certain amount of their electricity from renewable sources. Nine additional states have goals for renewable energy, while a dozen others have no targets. A state-by-state look at renewable energy policies. ALABAMA No renewable energy standard. ALASKA A bill passed in 2010 sets a goal, but not a requirement, for Alaska to receive half its electricity from renewable and alternative energy sources by 2025. ARIZONA Public utilities must . . . Complete story »

November 25, 2015 • AlaskaPrint storyE-mail story

Independent power producers declare victory after regulations update

FAIRBANKS—The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has approved new regulations for the way utilities buy electricity from smaller-scale, independent power producers, including a Delta Junction wind farm in a pricing dispute for several years with Golden Valley Electric Association in Fairbanks. Set to go into effect statewide this spring, the regulations adopted Friday are the result of complaints against Golden Valley filed with the commission by Mike Craft, who owns the Delta wind farm under the business name Alaska Environmental Power. . . . Complete story »

March 13, 2015 • AlaskaPrint storyE-mail story

Fire traps two on wind turbine in Bering Sea island

A Thursday fire briefly trapped two workers with the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative at the top of a wind turbine in a Western Alaska island village, until residents responded to put out the blaze. According to a Thursday AST dispatch, troopers were informed about 12:30 p.m. Thursday of the fire in Mekoryuk, a community of about 210 people on Nunivak Island in the Bering Sea nearly 150 miles west of Bethel. “There was a fire inside the base of the . . . Complete story »

January 31, 2015 • AlaskaPrint storyE-mail story

Lack of customers puts CIRI wind farm plans on hold

A plan that once envisioned 33 turbines on the island west of Anchorage has stalled at 11. CIRI’s only customer is the Chugach Electric Association. Chugach says it’s taking all the wind power it can under present conditions. The other utilities have turned CIRI down. The Municipal Light and Power company says it’s not interested; the Matanuska Electric Association says it doesn’t pencil out for them, and the Golden Valley Electric Association is so far away that the cost of . . . Complete story »

January 30, 2015 • AlaskaPrint storyE-mail story

With no buyers for power, Fire Island Wind delays adding turbines

Plans to add turbines to the Fire Island Wind project were suspended this month when the project ran into a hitch: No one wants to buy the power. Suzanne Gibson, senior director of energy development for Cook Inlet Region Inc., said the independent power producer had to cancel construction and shipping contracts that would have added 11 wind turbines to Anchorage’s Fire Island. That happened after Alaska Railbelt utilities declined to purchase the company’s power following two years of negotiations. . . . Complete story »

October 17, 2014 • AlaskaPrint storyE-mail story

Electrical blowout stops turbine at Nome wind farm

An electrical blowout at one of the large wind turbines northwest of town has put the machine out of commission, effectively reducing Nome’s wind energy by a third. Nome Joint Utility manager John Handeland said the issue arose shortly before 4 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, when capacitors at the base of the unit, within the control cabinet, overloaded. That brought the 900 kilowatt turbine—and its three 85-foot long blades—to an abrupt halt. Losing the 900 kW output from the . . . Complete story »

July 31, 2014 • AlaskaPrint storyE-mail story

GVEA rejects Delta Junction wind farm offer

FAIRBANKS – The developer of a wind farm in Delta Junction is continuing to push Golden Valley Electric Association to buy his power, despite continued rejection from the Interior Alaska electric utility. Mike Craft, who created and operates the Delta Wind Farm, released a report to the public this week outlining the viability of his wind farm and attempting to discount GVEA’s arguments against buying more of his electricity. The utility has been willing to buy back as much as 2 . . . Complete story »

May 23, 2014 • AlaskaPrint storyE-mail story

Nome wind turbine collapses; exact cause still unknown

A wind turbine in Nome fell down over the weekend, though it remains unclear exactly why. Bering Straits Native Corp. said it is investigating the “wind turbine foundation failure” that occurred Saturday at the Banner Wind Project outside of Nome. The corporation co-owns the project with the Sitnasuak Native Corp. and sells electricity to the local utility. Bering Straits spokesperson Matt Ganley said in an email that the initial investigation indicates that a portion of the foundation “failed” at one . . . Complete story »

May 22, 2014 • AlaskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine topples at Banner Wind Farm

Wind power in Nome is taking a slight decline after a wind turbine at the Banner Wind Farm toppled this weekend. At Tuesday’s Nome Joint Utility meeting, Utility Manager John Handeland said the welding anchoring a tower failed, and the 50 kilo-watt unit was destroyed. That leaves 15 of the original 18 wind turbines at the Banner Wind Farm still standing. Handeland explained, “One was destroyed during first the winter. One had delaminated blades. A then a third one was . . . Complete story »

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